The perfect place to get out and about this spring

The days are getting longer, spring flowers are bobbing in the breeze and you’re wearing one less scarf when you go out.

Spring is well and truly here and our Wool Towns offer the perfect place to get out and about, explore, enjoy local food and drink, learn about the past and do a spot of shopping.

With all of them surrounded by beautiful Suffolk countryside you don’t have to step too far from the main streets of Sudbury, Hadleigh, Clare, Lavenham and Long Melford to enjoy country walks.

In Long Melford, the beautiful Melford Hall, which is under the care of the National Trust, is opening from its winter slumber from March 21 and here you can discover the naval history of the resident Hyde Parker Family.

Beatrix Potter, a cousin of the family, visited Melford Hall often and if you visit today you can see the original Jemima Puddleduck as well as find out more about her connections with the building.

For full opening time details go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk/melford-hall

Just up the road is another mellow red brick mansion, Kentwell Hall, which has been recreating life from the Tudor era for many years.

Visit now to see spring bulbs coming through and newborn lambs taking their first steps.

For opening times and details visit www.kentwell.co.uk

Sudbury bustles, especially twice a week with the market which has been in town for centuries.

Yet just a short walk from the town centre are the famous water meadows loved by painters, walkers and photographers.

Lavenham is a joy at any time of year and those looking for something to do should head to the historic Guildhall which is now open for the season and dominates the village Market Place.

Both Hadleigh and Clare sit on the banks of their respective rivers, the Brett and the Stour and offer visitors the perfect blend of shops, restaurants, pubs and a slower pace of life.

Hadleigh’s High Street is crammed with listed buildings and interesting shops and the spired St Mary’s Church and Deanery Tower can be found just behind it.

In Clare you can enjoy the springtime beauty of the country park and the remains of Clare Castle.

And after all the exploring rest assured you will be made welcome in any of the cafes, pubs and restaurants which serve excellent local produce and which add to the special appeal of our Wool Towns.